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How to translate/understand “还不” in “还不是因为爱”

Just realized that the 还不 part of speech in phrases such as "还不是因为爱", "还不都怪你" is quite tricky. How do you translate it into English?
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Is “ 事出必有因 ” the most accurate translation for “ everything happens for a reason ”?

Is " 事出必有因 " the most accurate translation for " everything happens for a reason "? If not, what is it? Thanks!
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What is being said in this scene from Looper?

I'm a user over at another Stack site, for Movies & TV. Someone posted a question there about the film Looper and a Chinese broadcast that is played for a few seconds during the film. We may be ...
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Chinese Year on a Postmark

Another postmark question: I don't know which year it is (perhaps 1918, 1928?).
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How to say “wait” answer in simple conversation mandarin language?

Conversation example: A: Take that box to upstairs! B: Wait.. (while he is busy doing something else) How to say that wait in simple conversation mandarin? I feel 等一下 is too long. If you know ...
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What's a 调警? (In a Command Center (指挥中心))

指挥中心里头的调警是什么? 调警 in a Command Center is what kind of policeman? What is its English equivalent? Often seen like this: 指挥中心调警称....
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Looking for a translation of '舒适性‘ and '安全性'?

该品牌汽车以优良的舒适性和安全性赢得了众多车主的喜爱。 This brand of automobile uses first rate *comfortness and *safetyness to win many car owner's favour.
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What is the purpose of 多 in 你多与别人就此事沟通?

I have a sentence with a given translation, as follows: 你多与别人就此事沟通。 = You communicate with other people. Why is 多 put into this sentence, it is not mentioned in the translation. What would be the ...
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What grammatical elements are contained in the sentence 你不听不就得了?

A book on function words contains the example sentence: 管他说什么呢, 你不听不就得了。 The first part is simple: 管他说什么呢 = "no matter what" s.o. says (管 as conjunction). The second part however is unclear to me. ...
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Translate identification mark on a Chinese bowl

I am trying to translate the identification mark on a bottom of a Chinese bowl. I am almost positive the right two characters translate to "Jingde" but I can't seem to be able to figure out the left ...
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What would be the shortest translation for 'Home Delivery' on a restaurant flyer?

送饭上门 is what I have now, but for aesthetic reasons I would like to have a 2 character word. Is 送饭 enough on a restaurant flyer (that's the context I am working with) or do I need the whole four ...
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What is the translation for 打出頭?

The three characters are very frequent ones, but nethertheless I find it hard to understand the meaning.
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What is the verbatim meaning of the phrase 了不得了?

I stumpled upon this phrase, unfortunately the verbatim meaning was not explained, only how it is used in a sentence: sentence pattern: 了不得了, sentence. (first 了 read as liao2, second 了 as le) 了不得了 ...
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How do I say that I'm Russian?

I know that I should add rén (人) after a country. I found these two in the dictionary: 俄罗斯 俄国 Which one should I use? What would be the difference between them? Thanks
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What's the difference between 礼仪,惯例,规矩?

In a section of my textbook I recently covered, I came across 3 vocabulary words that are very similar and I'm not sure how and when to use each. From what I understand: 礼仪: protocol/etiquette. The ...
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What is the difference between 将来 and 未来?

The dictionary translation is essentially the same. From the example sentences I've looked up, it seems the two can be interchangeable (though I could certainly be wrong). Also, I was told that 未来 ...
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What is the chinese translation for “ endure and move on ”?

I need help. I've been trying to get the chinese word with meaning of the phrase " endure and move on ". It has something to do with a break up w/ a girlfriend and you want too endure it and move on. ...
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What is the verbatim translation for “都什么时候了” ?

"什么时候" means verbatim "what time" But, when i add 都 (adverb meaning "all") and 了(particle indicating either change of state or completion), i can not grasp what meaning is conveyed by this phrase. ...
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Translating 2 subtitles (TV drama 03:31 and 03:39)

below find dialog of 2 druglords and the brother of one of them 江东和江南兄弟 and 林力华 at the start of part 8 of TV drama 国家形象, http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTA2MDgwNDQw.html 03:31 includes 拿手 ...
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What does 民以食为天 mean?

How to translate the old saying "民以食为天"? Would that be "Food is the priority of populace"? That doesn't sound right to me, though.
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a translation request [closed]

I am preparing a toy example for my talk and it would be nice if I had this phrase translated to Chinese (simplified): "the wicked witch of Oz". Also, it would be nice if you could tell me which words ...
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Preferred translation for “log out” or “sign out” (such as a web site): 注销, 登出, 退出?

We're having trouble figuring out the preferred Simplified Chinese translation for "log out" or "sign out" for a web application we're translating. Our third-party translator thinks it's 注销, and an ...
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Differentiating: 肚 and 胃 in English?

In Chinese 肚 and 胃 are two quite seperate things. In English, though, it's mostly just: stomach. Is there a good way to differantiate between the two in English?
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Usage of “danwei” in english

Is the term "danwei" singular or plural? Ie, if there are several, is it several danweis or several danwei?
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What is the meaning of 去不去的 as in 去不去的问题?

I encountered at an online database for Chinese example Sentences: 在去不去的问题上徘徊不定 So far, I understand the elements of the sentences as follows: 徘徊不定 is the predicate of the sentence, made up of ...
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Difference between 常常 and 往往

I'm fairly certain I understand how to use 常常,but I don't know if 往往 is used any differently (they both have the same translations). Are there any differences in usage I should be aware of?
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How to say “shin splints” in Chinese?

I would like to know how to say "shin splints" in Chinese. Shin splints are a fairly common injury for runners. Please note that shin splints are NOT splints that you put on your shin but rather a ...
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How to translate “range from X to Y”?

In English I would write something such as Low paying jobs range from working at McDonald's to driving a bus. Or another way to put it Low paying jobs include anything from working at ...
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How to translate “I have always been”

I have always struggled with this translation, but have never quite figured it out. How do I translate I have always been ... Some examples would be: I have always been an academic I have ...
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Differences between 股份有限公司 and 有限公司

I am currently making a company database of different Chinese firms and as it is I have to give the English versions of the names translated from traditional Chinese. So I have been wondering about ...
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How to say “Please, go in front of me” when standing in a queue?

Imagine You stand in a queue in a super market and you want to let the person behind you in front of you. I have tried to translate it these ways: 请,在我前 去 吧 (putting only an adverbial in front ...
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What is the translation of 托业考试必备 ?

I ve looked up the words: 托 = to entrust (only one possible meaning, i do not know which one makes sense) 业 = enterprise 考试 = test 必备 = essential I can make no sense of this sentence, i even can ...
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Are there online sources containing example sentences in classical Chinese with grammar annotations?

I came across a site that is called zdic and holds explanation of characters, but unfortunately no example sentences like nciku for modern Chinese. Do you know of any source that contains sample ...
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Translation: Street-Smarts/Street Smart?

How to translate street smart into Mandarin? Baidu gives: n. 城市生活方式、生存能力 but that's can't be right... As in: A street smart cop. or A cop with street-smarts.
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Colloquial Equivalent of: Speedy Gonzales

If people are very fast, or do things quickly, sometimes we will refer to such a person as Speedy Gonzales in English? Are there similar references for people in Chinese?
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Having trouble translating this: 多是不跑步的替跑步的操心

My rough translation is "better not to run than to run and worry about it." It's the double 的 and 替 that's throwing me off. Is my translation close? Here's the context: ...
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Expressing numbers in scientific notation

I assume that scientific discussion in Chinese uses scientific notation, such as 5×1012. How would I read such a number aloud? I looked at the rules for saying numbers, as well as the Wikipedia ...
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English translation of The Odes of Confucius (詩經)

Some time ago I read two Chinese poems and now I can't find the original Chinese version, only the English translation. Maybe you could help me with a link or a title! The poems are from The Odes of ...
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if 奥巴马 was a sentence in classical chinese, what would be its meaning? [closed]

if you look up the characters used to transscribe obama in chinese, you get the following: 奥 = mysterious 巴 = to long for 马 = horse a simple sentence pattern in classical chinese is: adv. V ...
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How do you say “I know that I don't know”?

How would I translate ""I know that I don't know" into Chinese? I can translate the similar sentence "I know that you don't know" as 我知道你不知道. However, saying 我知道我不知道 sounds strange. What's the best ...
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What should one pay attention to when translating english sentences containing adverbials into chinese?

What advice for translation could you give in this context, how would you translate the following sentences containing adverbials: I will go to military-school soon. I will go to military-school ...
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is google correct translate for me? [closed]

i have translated these 5 sentences with help of google translator is these are correct? Hello from XYZ! {0} Your verification code is {1} = 你好从XYZ! {0}您的验证码是 {1}。 This link of ...
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What is the meaning of 當 and 自強 in 男兒當自強?

男兒當自強 is the title of the main theme in wong feihong, i was told its translation is "a man has to stand one's ground", i do not know how verbatim this translation is. 男兒 is man, 自強 is either "his ...
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Help translate these two sentences with 也未必 and 更何况

有时就连你的父亲也未必信得过,更何况是陌生人。 有时连陌生人你也可以相信,更何况是你的父亲。 The challenging parts for me are 也未必 and 连…更何况. Thanks in advance.
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What does 功亏一篑 mean and its origin?

What does 功亏一貫 mean in English and its origin? And what does 貫 mean?
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What is the function of 乃 in 子甫至乃去乎 ?

i understand: 子甫至 - you just arrived a moment ago. 去 - go. 乎 - character that makes the sentence a question. What is the role of 乃 in this sentence?
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Tranlation of a text message (你好我係喜歡派對 ?) [closed]

Just got a snap from a friend who moved to Shanghai, and she wrote something in Chinese, which I dont have a clue of what it means. Tentative OCR: 你好我係喜歡派對
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Can “ 天空一片蔚藍 ” also be “一片蔚藍天空”? And translation please?

Can " 天空一片蔚藍 " also be "一片蔚藍天空"? And what's the reason? Could "天空是一片蔚藍" be correct too? Also can someone give a good translation? I just translate it as "An azure blue sky". I might be over ...
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what's 奶酥 in english?

A lot of translations suggest it's "butter biscuit, but that's not the correct thing I'm thinking about. I'm referring to the filling in bread sold from bakeries that is flaky and sweet, sometimes ...